CONSTRUCTING AN URBAN FUTURE :
THE SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE OF CITIES – INFRASTRUCTURES, COMMUNITIES AND ARCHITECTURES
Dates: March 18-19, 2018
Place: Abu Dhabi University
Abstract Submissions: December 01, 2017
This conference brings together academics from across the world around the issues of sustainability and resilience in cities. It is multi-disciplinary and invites architects, planners, engineers and urban designers. It also welcomes geographers, sociologists, urban economists, housing specialists, and more.
The reason for bringing these disciplines together around the sustainability and resilience of cities is simple: we cannot solve problems in isolation.
In 2014 the World Urbanization Prospects published by the United Nations identified that we had already crossed the tipping point at which the majority of the peoples of the world live in cities. By 2050 it is expected to be 66 per cent of the world’s population. Already in many parts of the world, urban living is the dominant mode of existence. In South America, 76 percent of people are urbanized. In the United States, the world’s most resource consuming nation, over 80 percent of the population is urban. In places like Singapore and Hong Kong the figures suggest total urban saturation, with 100 percent of people living in urbanized areas. These figures go hand in hand with general population growth in the developing world, with 90 percent of the increase found in Asia and Africa.
What this means for how we design and build the habitation centers of the future is fundamental. The homes we live may need to change as the density of life increases; our places of work may need rethinking as the home to work commute becomes impossible; minimizing the environmental impacts of travel in denser and expanded cities will be essential; the planning of infrastructures to supply basic needs such as water will be on the agenda; energy consumption in both the domestic and industrial sectors needs control.
Not only are these problems complex due to the interconnected nature of every issue at play, they are further complicated by the diverse scenarios we need to consider from a global perspective. What works in the already developed cities of the global north, with freezing winter conditions, dense living patterns and high personal energy consumption is very different to the needs of the desert conditions of some countries in the global south, with minimal carbon footprints today, ample land for future development, and the forces of urbanisation only now emerging.
This conference embraces this complexity and the need to bring minds, disciplines, researchers and professionals together, rethinking the range of interconnected issues involved in the sustainability and reliance of our urban environments.
Themes & Publications:
The conference will be structured along a number of broad strands: urban design, infrastructures, communities, and architecture. Each strand will be sub divided into smaller thematic sections. These sections will correspond to categories in the range of book and journal publications associated with the conference.
1. A Special Issues of the Architecture_MPS journal
2. The AMPS / UCL Press book series Housing-Critical Futures
3. The AMPS / Libri Publishing book series Housing the Future.
4. The AMPS / Vernon Press book series The Interdisciplinary Built Environment (TBC)
01 December 2017: Abstract Submissions
15 December 2017: Abstract Feedback
01 February 2018: Registration Closes
18-19 March 2018: Conference
15 May 2018: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)
15 June 2018: Feedback for publication
01 October 2018: Publication of Full papers
The conference welcomes case studies; design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats:
Conference Presentations (20 minutes)
Presentations can be in-person, via skype or through pre-recorded video *
Written Papers (3,000 words) **
All abstracts and papers are fully double blind peer reviewed.
Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper.
* Pre-recorded presentations are uploaded on the AMPS academic YouTube site and are available for public viewing permanently.
** 3,000 word papers are published in the AMPS conference proceedings series, ISSN 2398-9467. Subject to review, longer papers are included in the book and journal publications above.
Submissions and Registration:
Download: Abstract Submission Form ADU
The document must be in Microsoft Word. | Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission ADU | File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_ADU | Correctly formatted and named example: Charlie_Smith_Yet Another Apartment Block_Abstract ADU
Delegate fee: £285 ($350 US) – Academic
Reduced rates for students
Please send this fully completed document to firstname.lastname@example.org
The AMPS journal publications are fully indexed internationally.
Current indices include: Avery Index; DOAJ; EBSCO Art Source, Google Scholar, Art Full Text, and Art & Architecture Complete; Ulrichsweb; JURN; British Library Web Archive and ALDL – Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries. Indexing in process includes: SCOPUS.
The conference is organised by Abu Dhabi University College of Engineering and AMPS. It is integrated into the AMPS research project, Housing – Critical Futures.
Images: Ciamabue. The Aldar building in Abu Dhabi | RIM Creation. Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.